After several years of waiting, the Recording Academy has finally added a new category for African songs.
This is one of the three new sessions recently added which includes Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.
These new categories will be introduced at the 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards:
Additionally, the existing Categories of Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical and Songwriter Of The Year, Non-Classical will be moved to the General Field; this significant change will allow all GRAMMY voters to vote in these important, non-genre-specific Categories.
These Category additions and amendments were voted on and passed at the Recording Academy's most recent semiannual Board of Trustees meeting held in May 2023.
BEST AFRICAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
A track and singles Category that recognizes recordings that utilize unique local expressions from across the African continent. Highlighting regional melodic, harmonic and rhythmic musical traditions, the Category includes but is not limited to the Afrobeat, Afro-fusion, Afro Pop, Afrobeats, Alte, Amapiano, Bongo Flava, Genge, Kizomba, Chimurenga, High Life, Fuji, Kwassa, Ndombolo, Mapouka, Ghanaian Drill, Afro-House, South African Hip-Hop, and Ethio Jazz genres